ol·​i·​garch | \ ˈä-lə-ˌgärk How to pronounce oligarch (audio) , ˈō- How to pronounce oligarch (audio) \

Definition of oligarch

: a member or supporter of an oligarchy

Examples of oligarch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The relationship with al Muhandis extends to al Maliki’s oligarchs. Zack Kopplin, The New Republic, "Before the U.S. Bombed Soleimani’s Terrorists, It Bribed Them," 10 Jan. 2020 In the videos, Strache promised government contracts in exchange for political donations from a woman posing as a member of a Russian oligarch family. Washington Post, "Sebastian Kurz is poised to become the world’s youngest government leader — for the second time," 2 Jan. 2020 The new options contemplate targeting key leaders in the security services and the military and potentially some oligarchs. Author: Ellen Nakashima, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. CyberCom contemplates information warfare to counter Russian interference in 2020 election," 26 Dec. 2019 At the beginning of the year, then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, an oligarch who had come into power after his Moscow-friendly predecessor was toppled in 2014, was putting the squeeze on Kobolyev. Michael Biesecker, Twin Cities, "Giuliani pals leveraged GOP access to seek Ukraine gas deal," 23 Dec. 2019 The region’s affinity for the wild West returned with a vengeance as oligarchs, local criminals and chancers tussled for dominance. The Economist, "Siberia is an empty land filled with contradictions," 21 Dec. 2019 DJs making bank Reductively, DJs just push buttons to play other people’s music -- but in the EDM decade festivals, Vegas nightclubs, liquor brands and oil oligarchs threw loads and loads of money at these button-pushers. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The Top 100 Moments of the EDM Decade," 17 Dec. 2019 Who is, like, [President Vladimir] Putin’s favorite oligarch. Andrea Bernstein, ProPublica, "“Spreading Corruption Is a Russian Government Foreign Policy”," 27 Nov. 2019 The oligarch’s foundation continued as a patron until last year, when sanctions were imposed on him and his company, and the Justice Department told the park’s caretakers to stop taking his money. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The return of Eve Babitz," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of oligarch

circa 1610, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oligarch

Greek oligarchēs, from olig- + -archēs -arch

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The first known use of oligarch was circa 1610

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Oligarch.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Oligarchs. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of oligarch

somewhat formal : a person who belongs to a small group of people who govern or control a country, business, etc.

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